Full name: Victor Michael
McClure ... Tennessee's tight end starter from last year has two full
seasons under his belt at what recently was new position ... Made switch before
2002 campaign from offensive lineman ... Finished last year by making seven
starts, including season opener ... Had first career reception against Miami,
an 11-yard catch for first-down yardage ... Expects to be bigger factor in offense
this season after solid performance during spring ... Once regarded as most
athletic of Tennessee's heralded offensive line, so move to tight end took advantage
of agility ... Appeared in every game each of last two years ... Blessed with
needed size for blocking tight end ... Coach Adkins' evaluation: "Victor's
a guy who played well for us last year. He didn't have a lot of catches
but now seems to be more involved in the offense." ... Born: May 28, 1981.
CAREER - Games/Started: 28/7 ...
2003 - Games/Started: 13/7 ... Built for blocking, the stocky guard-turned-tight end enhanced Tennessee's rushing attack in 2003 ... Started his first game as a Vol in the season-opener against Fresno State ... Started six games during the regular season (UT's offense opened in a three-wide formation the other six contests) ... Had his first career reception against Miami, an 11-yard grab for first-down yardage.
2002 - Games/Started: 13/0 ... Slated to be a part of offensive line but lack of depth at tight end forced his move to the outside ... Athletic ability and quickness enabled him to make the transition to provide valuable blocking assistance on short yardage and other running situations ... Helped lead the way in the Vols' final scoring drive against South Carolina ... The Vols continually ran behind his blocking during the 17-play drive.
2001 - Games/Started: 2/0 ... Saw action on the offensive line versus Memphis and Vanderbilt.
2000 - Redshirted ...
HIGH SCHOOL - An All-Southeast regional
performer according to PrepStar ... Class 5A All-State selection, along with
All-Tri-State and All-Region honors ... As a senior, McClure recorded 65 tackles
including 12 tackles for loss and five sacks as a defensive end ... Also had
two fumble recoveries and eight quarterback pressures ... Played tight end as
junior and offensive tackle as a sophomore and senior ... Coach at Soddy-Daisy
High School: Glen Rien.